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Morandi: Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Etchings (Art & Design) Hardcover – 1 May 1999

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791320866
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791320861
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 24 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A clear and concise introduction to the life and work of Morandi. Each area of his work clearly defined - a chapter on the paintings, then watercolour (specifically), followed by drawings and finally the etchings. The colour illustrations are excellent; the quality of the printing is very good. Photographs of the artist and his studio add to the atmosphere of the product. It is quite exciting to see the simple objects he painted and recognise them in a painting that you may see in the Tate Modern today. A delightful book.
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I am doing an Art Foundation course and bought this to get to know Morandi. Some of the writing was a bit turgid (translated from German) but always comprehensible. However the reproductions of his oil paintings, watercolours, etchings and drawings were first rate. It's a really comprehensive guide to Morandi's work and everything that I wanted.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92f0f588) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x92d3590c) out of 5 stars Colour Reproductions disappoint 30 Aug. 2002
By M. I. Mcneill - Published on Amazon.com
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The colour reproductions of Morandi's oil Paintings are very disappointing. The prints didn't "live " at all and have lost the subtlety of colour that characterises Morandi's work. There is little or no depth to the colour. Morandi's deep toned accents suffer and appear thin. Those marvellous flashes of apricot/orange are maddenly deadened. There is often an overbalance of a greenish ochre in the colour print. The textural quality of Morandi's brushwork is curiously flattened and lifeless.
Fortunately the Watercolours, drawings and etchings have not suffered to the same extent: although I cannot believe the grey cast that is given to what must have frequently been a variety of white papers.
Good text. Informative photographs but overall a disappointing purchase - especially in NZ dollars.
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HASH(0x93231600) out of 5 stars The best Morandi title under $200.00 13 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The great strength of this book is its inclusive nature and the quality of printing. Morandi, like many painters, worked out in drawing what would he would find later in the paintings, his best known medium. There are enough water-colors and etchings to enhance the understanding of his paintings by featuring his interests in color and tone in the former, shape and tonal areas in the latter. All these and clearer reproduction (especially of brush strokes, surface textures) make it a better buy than the also useful K. Wilkin book on Morandi. Morandi fans won't mind owning both books; even among the paintings there is not great overlap in particular works. Where there is a double, the differences help remind you of the limitations of reproductions, no matter what book they're in. (PS the Morandi Museum in Bologna, Italy is worth a trip to that city in itself.)
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HASH(0x93231990) out of 5 stars The Reader's Digest Version 9 Jan. 2000
By JL Moriarty - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have had the opportunity to see the (out-of-print) show catalogue (Giorgio Morandi: [catalogue of] an exhibition of paintings, water-colours, drawings and etchings) this skimpy overview will not only disappoint, it also will not whet your appetite for more of this insightful artist's oeuvre.
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